“December 7th, 1941. A date which will live in infamy.”
There are few words which so embody our memories of WWII as these words spoken by FDR. On a sunny Sunday morning, over 350 Japanese aircraft descended upon Pearl Harbor, killing over 2,400 people, destroying or severely damaging 23 ships, and 188 planes. The attack, meant to cripple the Pacific Fleet, only partially succeeded in the short term, and in the end proved to waken a sleeping giant the likes of which the world had never seen.
As for so many, this is a personal story too. Though none of my family was in Pearl Harbor during the attack, my grandfathers both served in the war – one flew P-51s over Europe, the other drove Sherman tanks during the Battle of the Bulge. I was fortunate – both my grandfathers returned home. But for countless thousands, Pearl Harbor marked but the beginning of the losses America would suffer during the war.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of that fateful day. As a small token of our appreciation, I’ve put together a few images of WWII era aircraft for you to download. Each image is HD, and is perfect for your desktop background.
Again, thank you to all those who served and sacrificed during WWII.
TO DOWNLOAD PHOTOS: simply click on the photo you like from the gallery below. On the bottom right, click permalink. Right above the photo is a link to the full resolution image (1280×720 is usually what it says). Simply right click that link and save it to your preferred folder.
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